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"Gun Runner" Freed

The lamestream media told you:

"Judge tosses case against Phoenix gun-shop owner: Criminal charges against a Phoenix gun shop owner accused of supplying firearms to Mexican narcotics cartels were thrown out of court Wednesday when a judge ruled the prosecution's case had a fatal evidentiary flaw," according to Dennis Wagner writing in the state newspaper http://tinyurl.com/dkxa7k

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield issued a directed verdict of not guilty for George Iknadosian, owner of X-Caliber Guns, who faced a 21-count indictment for fraud, money-laundering and other offenses.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Saddened that their trophy case against a so-called gun runner has failed miserably before it even began, "news" reports have done everything possible to make the dismissal look like a smarmy loophole mistake, instead of the robust protection of liberty that it is.

Falsely charged by zealots seeking to give an appearance of diligence, discredit gun stores, accuse Americans of the extreme violence caused by Mexico and the U.S. government's poorly run war on some drugs, and blame guns for the misdeeds of criminals, Mr. Iknadosian has been through personal hell defending himself against the now abandoned case and months of horrific groundless attacks in the "news" media.

His recourse against the people who falsely accused him is so difficult and expensive it may not pay to pursue. Instead of corrections or an apology, the report of the dismissal repeated the false news coverage as "background."

X-Caliber Firearms, whose shuttered store the Uninvited Ombudsman drives past frequently, only sold firearms to people who passed the FBI NICS check, making every single sale legal and compliant with federal law, a point not made clear in the stories. That's why they're called "stories." Some of the buyers however did falsify documents, and have pled guilty.

Backpedaling as hard as he can, Wagner reports that the case, "appears to be a defeat" to the state AG, despite "international news portraying Iknadosian, as a greedy business owner who helped fuel Mexico's drug violence by supplying more than 700 AK-47s and other weapons to cartels," a charge now known to be false, but why let that prevent its reprinting.

He goes on to call the dismissal a, "technical legal issue," (translation: the man was not guilty), any documents falsified by buyers did not implicate the store owner, and jurors were dismissed and charges dropped "under a so-called Rule 20 motion" (case must be thrown out if "evidence is inadequate for conviction," a fine rule, not a "so-called" rule).

"There is no proof whatsoever that any prohibited (firearm) possessor ended up with the firearms," according to the judge. Still Wagner saw fit to say, "It was considered a landmark prosecution in part because of cooperation with Mexican authorities."

Unmentioned in any of the "news" reports is that if Mr. Iknadosian had refused to sell even a single gun to an FBI NICS-approved buyer because the buyer "looked Mexican" or raised other red flags to common observation, he would have been slapped with a civil-rights discrimination suit, which he wisely and legally avoided.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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